TRANSPORT Police have issued an urgent warning to locals after a rise in trespassing on railway lines.

In the last year there has been a 25 per cent rise in the number of reports of trespass over the summer.

British Transport Police and Network Rail are urging parents to warn their children of the dangers of playing on the tracks.

Over the past 10 years, almost 170 young people in the UK have lost their lives after trespassing on the railway. The data shows that just under half of those killed are under the age of 25.